Rangeland Firefighters Train With BLM


By Jay Michaels

Castleford, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Firefighters from two new "rangeland fire protection associations" practiced battling blazes today.

They met with Bureau of Land Management firefighters for a mock exercise about three miles west of Balanced Rock. A BLM spokesman points out this was a followup to an online training course in basic fire fighting, and a chance to work out any potential kinks.

Chris Anthony with the Bureau of Land Management says, "Hopefully we work to make it a little bit smoother between the two of us. The RFPA is a new organization, a new program that’s coming up, that BLM fully supports. And we want to make a good relationship with these individuals out here on the fireline, so we can continue to have success out in the rangeland."

Personnel for the Three Creek and Saylor Creek Rangeland Fire Protection Associations participated in today’s exercise. The field day was intended especially to work on communications and firefighting tactics.

Apr. 30, 2013.

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